Some British things don’t make sense across the pond.
- Christmas Crackers
- Watermelon Ice Lost Marys
- Anything Central Cee refences in his rap
- Shouting “wanker!” at a Tottenham fan
By sheer luck this week, I discovered that I won’t be able to bring Christmas Crackers to the US for the holidays. L and I were talking about Christmas plans and I mentioned that this year my goal is to lean in. Embrace the British cult of Christmas – go to Winter Wonderland unironically, watch The Holiday in a public setting, maybe even see a production of The Christmas Carol (Dickens really has a stronghold on this desolate little island). I was leaning in so hard that I even bought Christmas Crackers to take back home for the holiday. I spent time picking out the good ones – the fancy crackers from M&S (IFKYK) with proper jokes and even little weiner dog jigsaw puzzles.
Only to discover that not only are Christmas Crackers banned from flights, they’re pretty much banned in the US altogether, the good kind anyways, the ones that ‘pop’ when you open them. Christmas Crackers are officially the Kinder Eggs of Britain. Apparently the ‘crack’ of the crackers is a small explosive (how quaint) and traveling with them is forbidden on any airline in the US. And ending up on the TSA no-fly list is (shockingly) not on my Christmas bingo this year.